Yoga Instructor Certification



Deepen your practice and share the transformative benefits of yoga as a Yoga Instructor, guiding students toward physical and mental well-being.

Online | Self-Paced | Complete in 6 Months or Less | Digital Textbooks Included

Inspire Others to Tap into Mind-Body Connection, Improve Flexibility and Strength, and Dive Deeper into Their Yoga Practice

The AFPA Yoga Instructor Certification offers a well-rounded yoga education and the opportunity to profoundly enrich your practice and become a sought-after knowledgeable yoga instructor.

Yoga is taking the health and wellness scene by storm. It’s estimated that by 2020, yoga will be an 11 billion dollar industry in the U.S. alone.

Whether you are a seasoned or beginner yoga practitioner, or curious about a new career path, our online Yoga Instructor Certification will help you hone your yoga teaching skills to sequence holistic, unforgettable experiences for every class you teach.

Become a Certified Yoga Instructor in 6 Months or Less

What’s It Like Being A Yoga Instructor?

To better understand the rewarding career of a yoga instructor, it’s helpful to define what the discipline of yoga is first. The word “yoga” can be translated as “union,” and yoga is a practice that seeks to create a union between the body and mind.

Through the practice of postures, or asanas, and proper breathing exercises, called pranayama, yoga instructors guide students toward developing greater flexibility, strength, and balance as well as cultivate peace of mind.

Start a rewarding career as a Yoga Instructor

As an AFPA Certified Yoga Instructor, you can expect to:

  • Interpret the philosophical roots and diverse practices of the classical Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga traditions.
  • Develop interesting sequences of postures that link the body and breath.
  • Explain and apply basic principles of anatomy and physiology and how they relate to developing sequences of non-injurious poses for the good health of the students.
  • Guide students through a safe and challenging yoga class that incorporates linking breath with movement and meditation.
  • Offer verbal or hands-on adjustments to encourage proper alignment or enhance the student’s yoga abilities.
  • Become inspired to develop a yoga business, leading yoga workshops, retreats, and special events
  • Develop trust and rapport with students, deploying appropriate communication strategies and professionalism


Join over 130,000 AFPA certified professionals worldwide.With a 29-year legacy of accredited expertise, AFPA is a frontrunner in health, holistic wellness and specialized fitness programs. We’re proud to offer the best variety of flexible, affordable and accessible programs on the market.

Study Anywhere At Your Own Pace

Enjoy the freedom to study on your own time from anywhere in the world.

Study guidelines, easy to follow modules and assignments to keep you on track. Take the test online when you’re ready!

Affordable and Flexible Payment Options

Get certified without breaking the bank.

Our certifications cost significantly less than degree programs, so they’re affordable programs with minimum financial risk.

Financing options are available for all AFPA certification programs.

Kickstart Your Career with Included Client Resources

Support doesn’t stop once you’re certified.

You get exclusive access to yoga instructor forms, meditative script samples, lesson plans, sample classes, and bonus resources to ensure your success to start your career.

All Learning Materials Included

Your tuition covers everything.

Discover everything inside this program below.

Business Resources Included

Upon enrollment, we provide you with exclusive access to resources to help you establish, optimize, grow, and build your holistic business.

Unlimited Student Support

Call, email, or chat with our educational advisors as often as you need before, during, and even after enrollment.

The Yoga Instructor Certification Program Includes:

  • All course materials
    • 3 digital textbooks
    • Themed programs consisting of multiple classes designed to help you teach and reach your specific goals.
    • Details on instructing 69 foundational and advanced yoga postures (Over 300 Photos for detailed, easy-to-follow instruction)
    • Body-segment kinematics and muscle charts for each posture
  • Hands-on adjustments, modifications and postural enhancement guidelines
  • Final exam
  • Reproducible forms for instructors
  • Lesson plans and sample classes
  • Sample relaxation scripts
  • More resources for teaching yoga
Learn yoga poses as an AFPA Certified Yoga Instructor

What You Will Learn:

Deep dive into practicing your skills for teaching beginning to intermediate yoga fitness class in the three areas of pranayama (classical breathing practices), meditation, and asana (postures). You’ll graduate feeling prepared to confidently take on full or part-time positions as an AFPA Certified Yoga Instructor.

The AFPA Yoga Instructor Certification Online Curriculum includes (but is not limited to):

Understanding Yoga Answer

  • Philosophy and history of yoga
  • Knowing yourself and your students
  • How to create a welcoming class environment
  • Exploring different yoga styles

Yoga Anatomy Answer

  • Human skeletal anatomy as it relates to yoga practice
  • Key concepts of compression, tension, proportion and orientation
  • Exploring the different styles of yoga
  • Breathing and beyond
  • Energy and anatomy

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Yoga Postures Answer

  • Asanas and adjustments
  • Sun salutations
  • Standing postures
  • Seated postures
  • Supine and prone postures
  • Inverted postures
  • Restorative postures
  • Structuring a class

130000+ students certified

29+ years of excellence in education

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98.9% student satisfaction

“As a student looking to build on what I’ve learned over the years, this course was the perfect place to start. The books contain a lot of valuable info about the physical, mental, and energetic aspects of yoga, and the review questions and exam draw from what was learned in the reading, videos, and of course, personal practice. I especially enjoyed going to the classes in studio and observing different teaching methods. It really challenged me in a new way and broadened my awareness of myself and others! The customer service was amazing in their response time to answer whatever questions I had. So, if you’re looking for an affordable class that is informative, thorough, convenient, and fun, you’re in the right place, 5 stars!”

— Elizabeth H., Verified Buyer

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This whole experience has been great. I love yoga and this course has given me more knowledge on it. The fact I can take my time and really let it all sink in has been a great experience. When every I have a question I get a response very quickly.

So happy to hear this, Lisa! Enjoy the remainder of your studies!


Are textbooks included in my enrollment fee? Answer

Yes! Your enrollment fee includes lifetime access to all of the digital textbooks you will need to complete this course.

Digital textbooks allow us to offer the most up-to-date curriculum, give you immediate access to the materials, plus offer portability across devices.

We understand that learning styles and preferences vary. If you are interested in purchasing physical textbooks in addition to the digital textbooks that are included in your course enrollment fee, you can find a complete book list within your online student learning platform.

Is This Program Right For Me? Answer

Expect to transform your practice as well as your life with our yoga instructor training!

You know you’re in the right place if you:

  • Want to deepen your understanding of anatomical alignment as it relates to yoga poses and learn how to sequence effectively
  • Seek a fulfilling career or part-time job guiding students towards self-discovery and assisting them in cultivating balance on and off the yoga mat
  • Crave personal development opportunities. Whether you’d like to be more confident in public speaking or teaching, are looking to explore your spirituality, or become more disciplined in practicing mindful habits, the AFPA Yoga Instructor Certification is the clear choice.

Are There Payment Plans? Answer

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Do I Qualify? Answer

To enroll in the Yoga Instructor Certification, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
    Have a solid understanding of the English language.

Exam Requirements:

  • You need a minimum final exam grade of 85% to pass.
    A $75.00 retest fee will apply.

After successful completion, you will earn the title of “Certified Yoga Instructor” on your certificate.

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